General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also good for wildflower gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small shrub. Leaves needle-like, about 1/2-1 1/2 inches long, aromatic.
Typically 2-3 feet in height. As broad as tall.
Endemic to eastern peninsular Florida from Volusia County south to northeastern Miami-Dade County; very rare or perhaps extirpated in Miami-Dade County. While it can grow very near the coast, it was very rare or never present on barrier islands in eastern Florida, perhaps due to a lack of habitat (well-drained scrub and scrubby flatwoods); however, it grows well at Pan’s Garden
in Palm Beach.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Scrub and scrubby flatwoods.
Dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Bluish to pale purple, spotted.
Showy, about 1/2" long. Fragrant.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Attracts native bees and other beneficial insects.
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.